Result: Beat UC Davis 45-0
Comment: The defense was tremendous, albeit against a second-rate opponent.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 75 percent of his passes and tossed three touchdowns, but he also threw an interception.
The tailbacks took advantage of running and receiving lanes, but nobody made you think: There's a 1,000-yard rusher.
And not surprisingly, the offensive line, with four new starters, had some breakdowns. The mistakes included a holding penalty on the first series, which is worth noting only because Stanford had three holding penalties all of last season.
He lined up in the backfield (Wildcat), in the slot and out wide, returned punts and is a superb kickoff returner -- essentially, he's going to be everywhere for Stanford.
(Don't be surprised if, at some point this season, he lines up at tailback in the base offense.)
Next up: vs. USC
The matchup: The matchup: Deeee-licious.
The past four meetings have been decided by a grand total of 20 points. Stanford has won three, including a September clash two years ago that was decided on a fourth-quarter touchdown. (Remember all the issues USC had with communication and pass protection because of the injury to senior center Khaled Holmes.)
Loads to discuss this week, including the matchups of inexperienced offensive lines against powerhouse defensive lines, and I'll have much more on the game in a few days.
The teams matched up well against each other the past four years, in part, because they played similar styles -- the brontosaurus brothers with their huddles and fullbacks and tight ends.
Yes, Sarkisian has taken the Trojans into the warp-speed era, but it's not like he's unfamiliar with Stanford's schemes and the way to attack them:
His Huskies rolled up 489 yards on the Cardinal last year, if you'll recall, and his personnel this season is just as good, if not better.
Oh, and USC's defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, was the architect of Husky gameplans that held Stanford to three offensive touchdowns in the past two years.
My early week gut feeling: Either Stanford survives another tight one, or USC wins going away.
Gotta think on it for a few days.